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date: 20 August 2017

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Matthieu Ricard is a French neuropsychologist and the Dalai Lama’s French translator who has been a practicing Buddhist monk for the last 30 years. He is also a star subject in various brain imaging experiments conducted with meditators. (He can maintain certain states of mind that lay people and novice meditators cannot.) Here he gives an insider’s perspective on the Buddhist route to well-being, explaining how the mind is used to overcome and transform “unwanted emotions” and to cultivate positive qualities, such as altruistic love. His book Happiness elaborates.

Keywords: Buddhism, emotions, concept of self, science of mind

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